- Cape Town City Centre
Cape Town city centre is filled with backpacking lodges and if you are after the heart beat of Cape Town city centre then look no further and find a Backpackers in Cape Town city centre. Most places are a quick stagger to pubs, clubs and happenings.....
- Cape Town City Bowl
Some of Cape Town's best backpackers are nestled here which is just above the Cape Town city centre on the slopes of Table Mountain and overlooking Cape Town and the harbour, these residential suburbs are fairly laid-back, quiet and surrounded by plenty of greenery, lush gardens and parks.
- Cape Town Bo Kaap
This area lies just above the city centre and is also known as the Malay quarter. Today it is a colourful kaleidoscope with hints of Cape Town's yesteryear peeping through the architecture. There are no backpackers here.
- Green Point
Neighbouring the busy suburb of Sea Point, Green Point has much the same setting and vibe as Sea Point, overlooking the icy Atlantic seaboard and backing up against the mountain. Many backpackers make Green Point their home whilst visiting the Mother City.
- Sea Point
Situated on the icy Atlantic seaboard close to the Cape Town beaches Sea Point stretches along the beachfront and up against the mountain. It is densely populated with apartments, peppered with restaurants and bars and has a thriving nightlife.
The heartbeat of student life in Cape Town, spunky Observatory has an excellent local atmosphere and a lively vibe. It's jam-packed with snappy music and pool venues and has a gob-smacking choice of restaurants.
This is one of Cape Town's older suburbs which has a well developed entertainment and shopping infrastructure. There are no backpackers here.
- Northern Beaches
Along the Atlantic coastline, heading northwards towards the West Coast and Namibia you'll find miles of beach…There's Google map here.
- Cape Town City
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain which dominates the skyline at all times, the Mother City is Southern Africa's most beautiful, and most visited city.
- Gordons Bay
Cape Town Airport is about half an hour away and the joys of the wine route begin once you cross the highway and head for the mountains.
- Simon's Town
This is where we've chosen to live, so it's gotta be groovy. It's the last village before Cape Point on the eastern side of the peninsula and very quaint. Not to mention romantic with its panoramic views over the Simon's Town navy and picturesque yacht basin.
- Scarborough and Kommetjie
Scarborough is one of the last suburbs you’ll find before Cape Point. It's a very quiet with wonderful stretches of wild beaches, incredible mountain walks and an oddly shaped landmark known as Camel Rock. It takes about 45 minutes to drive into Cape Town from here.
- Camps Bay
This is the perfect place from which to watch the sun go down - whether it's from the white sandy beach or one of the many bars or restuarants that line the beach front. There are no backpackers here.
- Hout Bay
It's about 15km from town and the entry point to the famous Chapman's Peak Drive. It's a little self-contained village with everything you need - restaurants, shops, auto banks and is close to plenty of good hikes and sunset drink slurping spots. There are no backpackers here.
Muizenberg and Kalk Bay
Muizenberg beach is a surfer's paradise, with the best learner surf waves in the Cape.
You'll find the Google map to the Southern Peninsula on this page.
Warm water and surf
This is the Indian Ocean side of the Peninsula, so if you need your water warm then head this way for safe beaches and easy swimming. Learners, long boarders and locals get out into the water almost every day at Surfer’s Corner. The waves start some distance from the shore and there are a host of sandbanks, so free spots are there for the finding.
If you don’t have a car then take the Southern Suburbs train which runs about once an hour from town and takes 40 minutes to get here.
Check the surf report out
Wavescape's surf report gives you an update on the swell and weather conditions at beaches around the peninsula.
Places to Stay
- Abreak Away
Want to surf, drum, kayak, have fun? It's all here.
- Amberley Travellers Lodge
Explore the mountains, the museums, second-hand shops, art galleries and rocky shores, then bliss out in the waves or on the beach.
- Bailey's Surf Shack
Muizenberg's and Cape Town's original youth hostel. It is a mere stroll from Muizenberg beach.
- Stoked Backpackers
If the awesome mural wrapping the side of Stoked Backpackers in Muizenberg doesn’t hook you, then maybe the killer views will.
What to do
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)
Cheap car hire in South Africa and rentals to under 21's.
(Banana Beach,Cape Town)
You might meet Adam... Or not. But have a dip in the pool and eat an apple anyway…
Oasis backpackers is situated in a large, comfortable house with a variety of accommodation options in Oudtshoorn.
Built in the days when castles were homes
The adventure specialists in the St Lucia area.
New brooms have swept Wonky Donkey clean over to a new address with new owners, new management and new improved wonkiness.
(Gordons Bay,Cape Town)
A backpackers across the road from the 2010 world cup stadium
(Green Point,Cape Town)
This Plett backpackers is close to the centre of Plett. Albergo has great views of the ocean and offers plenty of outdoor adventures.
(Plettenberg Bay,Garden Route)
This homely backpackers lies in the centre of Worcester.